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February 1, 2011
For aircraft manufacturers and operators it’s simple math: adding new technology, such as in-flight entertainment (IFE) systems, and subtracting weight yields an increase in service quality and lower fuel costs. However, this simple equation complicates the task of aerospace connector manufacturers who must deliver smaller, lighter products that can still meet the growing bandwidth and speed...
February 1, 2011
The holiday season tends to be a quiet one at the office, straining the skills of the constant newsgatherer. But over the transom this time came a significant piece of news regarding the venerable Traffic Alert Collision Avoidance System (TCAS), first reported online by The Wall Street Journal based on its tracking of the Federal Register, and soon thereafter by this publication. In a notice of proposed...
February 1, 2011
Licensing Options Data Device Corp. (DDC), based in Bohemia, N.Y., added licensing options to its data bus test and verification, and system integration and simulation software packages. The options include USB Dongle, which offers unlimited mobility; Node Locked, which allows users to install the software to any one computer; and Network License, which allows users to determine exactly how many user...
February 1, 2011
Gulfstream Appointments Gulfstream Aerospace, of Savannah, Ga., promoted L.D. Buerger to director, G650 Initial Phase Operations. In this role, Buerger is accountable for initial phase manufacturing, manufacturing engineering and planning, industrial engineering and tool design for the G650, which is scheduled to enter service in 2012. Most recently, Buerger was senior manager of G650 production...
February 1, 2011
March 5-8 Heli-Expo 2011, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Fla. Contact the Helicopter Association International (HAI), phone 703-683-4646 or visit www.heliexpo.com. 8-10 ATC Global 2011, Amsterdam RAI Center, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Visit www.atcevents.com. 14-17 Satellite 2011, Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C. Visit www.satellite2011.com. 22-25 Aircraft Electronics...
January 21, 2011
COMMERCIAL Sky Interior Continental Airlines in late December took delivery of a 737-800 fitted with Boeing’s new Sky Interior, becoming the first North American carrier to receive the improved cabin. Boeing said the Dec. 29 flight completed 13 deliveries of the new 737 interior to the first five launch customers. The first delivery in October was made to low-fare carrier flydubai. Other launch...
January 1, 2011
Aspire and Ascend are the names of two new product lines announced by EMS Aviation and Rockwell Collins, respectively, at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) convention in Atlanta in October. They might also describe the state of business aviation in general as the industry claws back from an historic low. This year should mark the bottom of the business jet delivery down cycle begun in 2009...
January 1, 2011
Despite the economic meltdown of 2009, the United States airline industry is gradually recovering, as passengers return to the skies and carriers’ balance sheets shift from red to black. Airlines including JetBlue, Southwest, United, Delta and US Airways announced third-quarter profits, with positive outlooks for the balance of last year and beyond. Much of the industry’s profit has been gained...
January 1, 2011
In a drive to boost efficiency and lower costs, fundamental aircraft components, including cockpit switches, are being required to use less space and energy, or in the industry parlance, to adopt a lower profile. To reduce the profile of their products, switch manufacturers are using new materials and technologies, and some are introducing touchscreen products, to make optimum use of the limited available...
January 1, 2011
The NextGen horizon is one where the line between sky and ground fades to indistinguishable; pilot and air-traffic controller are privy to the same information, in real-time, and aircraft operations through shared data and automation are optimized from gate to gate. Demand and capacity exist in harmony, travelers travel efficiently and carbon is conserved. Within NextGen, the paradigm shift of Air Traffic...
January 1, 2011
New Republican Leadership Faults NextGen Effort The new chairman of House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee promised “rigorous oversight” of the NextGen air-traffic modernization effort, following a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report that faults FAA’s goal-setting process. Rep. John L. Mica (R-Fla.) was confirmed by the House Republican Conference Dec. 8 to serve as...
January 1, 2011
TCAS Upgrades L-3 Avionics Systems is developing Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) capable versions of its SkyWatch HP models SKY899 TAS and SKY899A TCAS-I systems. The models are expected to be available in mid-2011, the company said. The new SkyWatch HP units will come with a pre-installed, updated software package that will fuse active traffic and mode-S (1090 MHz) ADS-B information...
January 1, 2011
New Avionics Publisher Named Access Intelligence LLC has appointed Tish Drake publisher of Avionics Magazine. Drake has been with Access Intelligence for more than 10 years as publisher of Communications Technology magazine, a broadband industry publication. She can be reached at tdrake@accessintel.com or 800-325-0156. The magazine also named Susan Joyce district sales manager for the western United States...
January 1, 2011
January 18–19 Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE), AsiaWorld Expo and Hong Kong Business Aviation Center, Hong Kong. For more information, visit www.abace.aero/2011. March 5-8 Heli-Expo 2011, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Fla. Contact the Helicopter Association International (HAI), phone 703-683-4646 or visit www.heliexpo.com. 8-10 ATC Global 2011, Amsterdam RAI...
December 1, 2010
Avionics Magazine proudly presents the fifth edition of our biennial Aerospace Acronym...
December 1, 2010
One of the biggest drivers for new generation databus technology is the transmission of video, images and other visual information — such as for terrain awareness and mapping, as well as weather radar — which requires large increases in data quantity and refresh rates. Manufacturers of systems that address high bandwidth databus networking face a number of challenges. These include maintaining...
December 1, 2010
Joe Hof Metron Aviation, Dulles, Va., appointed Joe Hof director of business Development for Global ATM Operations. Before joining Metron, Hof was the national operations manager of international operations at FAA’s Air Traffic Control System Command Center (ATCSCC), where he was responsible for developing Traffic Flow Management (TFM) processes and procedures with international air navigation...
December 1, 2010
December 8 Issues in Air Traffic Management, an Avionics Magazine webinar, noon to 1 p.m., EST. For more information, visit www.aviationtoday.com/webinars. 2011 January 18–19 Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE), AsiaWorld Expo and Hong Kong Business Aviation Center, Hong Kong. For more information, visit www.abace.aero/2011. March 5-8 Heli-Expo 2011, Orange County Convention...
November 1, 2010
Rushed to combat theaters last year, laser-pointing Directed Infrared Countermeasures (DIRCM) protect U.S. helicopters from shoulder-launched missiles. The Army acknowledges the Advanced Threat Infrared Countermeasures (ATIRCM) system on a Chinook defeated a multi-missile ambush soon after the quick reaction capability was fielded. The Naval Air Systems Command, meanwhile, notes DIRCM-enabled Marine Corps...
November 1, 2010
An investment group led by ITT Corp. has developed a novel funding mechanism aimed at supporting airlines in buying and installing NextGen avionics beginning in 2012. The funding mechanism, involving a mix of commercial borrowing and private equity “in excess of $1 billion,” would finance new avionics for up to 5,600 Part 121 aircraft, the majority of the United States fleet. The equipment...
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